What is Sports Quota?
Sports quota is a widely used quota that may be found in almost every field of government employment and education. The purpose of the sports quota is to provide financial assistance to athletes in the country so that they may adequately represent themselves and their teams in a variety of sports. Universities such as Delhi University (DU) also have a sports quota for admission.
A person who has been recognized as a recognized sportsperson by the Central or State Government is eligible for Sports Quota positions in both the central and state governments. There is a list of approved sports that includes all of the sports that will be recognized by governments for sports quota jobs and university admissions.
Eligibility Criteria & Admission
Most university colleges provide admission based on two factors under the sports quota.
In Sports Quota, there are two criteria:
a) Super Category: Direct Admission without Sports Trial
Students who have represented India in international sports events recognised and financed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) would be awarded Direct Admission to institutions and would not have to go through the Sports Trial process.
However, it is important to remember that candidates will only be admitted to institutions that have made a prerequisite for the game/sport that the candidate has participated in.
The following events exclude hopefuls from participating in university sports trials:
• Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
• World Championship / World Cup by International Sports Federations (ISFs)
• Commonwealth Games by Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)
• Asian Games by Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)
• Asian Championships by International Sports Federations (ISFs)
• South Asian Federation Games (SAF) by South Asian Sports Council (SASC)
• Paralympic Games by International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
b) Admission on the Basis of Sports Trials
For the Merit/Participation Sports Certificate, candidates will get a maximum of 40 points.
The marks for various levels of game/sport competitions are displayed on the Sports Certificate. Invitational, Memorial, Open, Prize Money League, and Ranking Competition Sports Certificates will not be accepted.
Self-attested copies of three Merit/Participation Sports Certificates must be uploaded by applicants. However, only the Sports Certificate with the Highest Merit/Participation will be marked. Candidates’ level of competency is determined solely for those who have earned distinction only in those Games/Sports recognised by AIU / MYAS in which Inter-University Competitions are held and preferences are granted by the component institutions over the prior three years.
For Sports Trials, candidates will be given a maximum of 60 points. Team games, individual sports, as well as dual and combat sports, would be included in these trials.
Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Handball, Hockey, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Korfball, Netball, Softball, and Volleyball are examples of team sports.
Badminton, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Squash, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, and Wrestling are examples of dual and combat sports.
Archery, Athletics, Best Physique, Chess, Diving, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Weightlifting, and Yoga are individual sports.
When two or more applicants receive the same score in the same game or sport and are qualified for admission to the same course at the college, the Sports Admission Committee of the institution uses the following factors to break the tie:
(a) Applicants who perform well in the Sports Trials will be given priority.
(a) If the tie still exists, admission will be given to all candidates.
Sports Quota Selection Process
Typically, colleges assign the sports certificate 40 percent weight and the sports trials of the game for which the candidate has obtained the certificate 60 percent weight. Sport-specific fitness, overall playing ability, and fundamental skills will all be tested during the sports trial. The sports trial will be graded on a scale of 60 points, with candidates needing at least 30 points (50 percent) to be considered for admission under the sports quota.
Applicants for the sports quota must also be eligible to compete in inter-university competitions for the next three years of their programmed. Additionally, applicants cannot work part-time or full-time while studying UG courses through the sports quota.
Preference will be given to games or sports that are played across colleges and during inter-college and inter-university tournaments. On its official website, the final merit list for students applying through the sports quota will be posted.
Sports which are Recognized for Sports Quota by Indian Central and State Governments
There is a list of sports that are recognized by the Indian central government and state governments. There are a total of 43 sports that the government recognizes.
The following are the 43 sports:
• Athletics (including Track and Field events)
• Billiards and Snooker
• Gymnastics (including Body Building)
• Equestrian Sports
• Kayaking and Canoeing
• Rifle Shooting
• Roller Skating
• Soft Ball
• Table Tennis
Candidates who are state-recognized athletes in any of the above-mentioned sports are hired straight into the Group C and Group D levels of staff.